With SEL-5056 Software-Defined Network Flow Controller Version 2.4, there are several enhancements to automated circuit provisioning, called Logical Connections. With the Version 2.3 release, SEL introduced a Logical Connection table in the user interface, which shows all Logical Connections configured in a single convenient location. With the release of Version 2.4, you can now enable or disable any Logical Connection with a single action. Quickly and reliably turn communication circuits on and off as system requirements demand.
The update also integrates the use of hard timeouts into the Logical Connection circuit provisioning. This allows you to provision circuits that have timeouts and will disable them after the timer expires. You can then re-enable the circuit anytime and have the timer start again, skipping the configuration steps. This feature allows you to provision circuits that only need to be active for set time periods. For example, engineering access could be set for a single day and then disabled. Then every time you need engineering access again, simply enable the circuit and know the timer has started again to disable it one day later.
Version 2.4 includes expanded automated multicast circuit provisioning to support a large multicast destination count. This is helpful when provisioning a circuit that sends the same packet to many destinations, like when using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
The Learn & Lock functionality now supports using any switch configuration node as the switch template. The new version also adds user interface feedback progress updates during Network Reset.
Version 2.4 improves the SEL-5056 device view of the SEL-2742S Software-Defined Network Switch, allowing the digital and physical port layout to match and support more diagnostic actions. This enhancement requires R101 firmware in the SEL-2742S.
The complete release notes can be found in the product manual.